Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Blossoming Bouquet AND a Great Cause - CARDS FOR JACOB.....

Happy Wednesday!!  I've been making so many cards lately, lots of fun birthdays, wedding, all different occasions, and a lot of 'Just Because' cards too, those are always fun to share with people. This floral bouquet I made last night, a combination of every color I could think of:


But really, I wanted to share another story here today that has captured my attention.  I came across this story by clicking on an ABC7 news story on Twitter.  I know a lot of us crafters get heavily involved with causes for children and, especially if it combines card making as well - then it becomes even more special and heartwarming.

Jacob is a terminally ill boy who will be turning 15 years old this August 28.  He is suffering from Mitochondrial disease.  It results in his body failing to produce energy for the cells in his body to facilitate proper functioning.  This disease leaves him bed-bound with a host of daily, painful symptoms. He is asking for 100,000 cards for his birthday and that is all he wishes.

You may follow his public story on Facebook at Adventures with Mighty Jake or you may follow an account that his parents have set up on Twitter @mightyjake828 - Jacob Priestley.

You may send other things if you wish but really, if you send even one, sweet card, that would make his day!  There is a secure postal box that you can send cards to so please share anywhere and with anyone you can that you think would be interested:

Jacob Priestley
P.O. Box 855
Queen Creek, AZ 85142

I'm hoping Jacob reaches his goals of all the wonderful cards, I know he has received tons already! Sending big hugs and lots of love to him and his family! xoxoxo

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

with love....

It's been ages since I've used vellum.......oh wait, I rarely ever use vellum, but today, I had this lovely sentiment that I thought looked great on the piece of vellum, so I decided to add that onto the painting.  Something else I hardly ever do is cover the painting:


Touched up the sentiment with gold and adhered it about 3/4 of the way down on the card....and I also haven't used twine for a long time too!  And Pearls! Still have a ton of embellishments that I want to use up!


And a little scenery I made a while back....have been wanting to get back into landscape painting.


That's it, I'm rushed for time right now, so keeping this super short and sweet.....Have a beautiful Tuesday! xo

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Learning about Brushes and some Flower Photography

Hello, Sunday! Hope you're all doing well! This weekend went by way too fast.... I've been taking advantage of sleeping in on weekends and it's been nice!!

So lately, I've been studying the different types of watercolor brushes out there and how to properly use them....from sizes, to shape, to the type of hair they have. Oh my gosh, so many - spotters, round, flat, angular, etc.... I feel like I'm back in school again...it's great! Love it!


The angular is, to me, one of the most difficult shapes to work with.  Used mostly for detail work but also for making those fabulous three dimensional curves that are needed for roses, tulips, and petals.....I'm not even on that level yet....I can't even begin to tell you how frustrated I became with the angular brush the other day, I just couldn't get the 'curves' I was looking for with some of my roses....


But that's ok, have patience, I tell myself...... I keep practicing....loads of fun, and I hope to get better with each practice.

In other news, I've been taking tons of photos of flowers, trees, etc......so many blooms this time of the year that I can't pass on not capturing the beauty of each one - get ready for some flower power!!


Jacaranda Trees!! Yes, please! I admire these so much:


I rarely see orange roses, these are my fav!



Love the brilliance of yellow roses:


Carnations are always so sweet:


I don't think I have ever posted that many 'real' flowers before. Enjoy and have a beautiful week coming up!! xo

Monday, May 8, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

My little Monday evening happiness.

I probably won't be painting or blogging anything else for the rest of the week......so, I wanted to drop in today and wish everyone in the states - a very, very Happy Mother's Day this weekend!! I hope all my friends and family members who are mommies and/or caregivers, have the most beautiful and memorable day with your loved ones.....


And for those whose mothers are no longer here with us, I send you my LOVE and lots of big hugs!!! xoxo

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Color inspiration

So I was driving along this morning....and a sweet pink, VW Bug was right in front of me..... you can't make this stuff up, right....it was a cute car.....and truly the 'sweetest' color of pink.  I thought how daring to buy a pink car...I don't think I could do that....but anything else in my world can be pink. ;)


I concentrated on a little more detail on this rose above. I'm starting to fall in love with brown and grey leaves.  I'm sure the obsession with this color will pass and I'll pick another color to play with. And this card below is a tiny, 3.5 x 5.5 that I made two days ago.


Are you tired of my flowers yet? There are still so many different techniques I want to learn and the days seem shorter and shorter....I've yet to work with acrylic paints instead of water based paints and I really want to! I've seen acrylic paintings that look so amazing......

I think I'm going to get back into some landscapes soon too....I miss doing those.....